So many programs exist about how to train your dog, I had to stop and ponder how I might train my cat. After seeing cats doing neat tricks on TV, it seemed like it should be possible for me to get working with my fuzzy buddy. I found a few options on how to train the feline some new tricks.
Maybe in your situation you’re just interested in training your cat not to do things that make your life miserable, such as waking you up in the middle of the night or peeing in your closet. First, the cat must be set up to succeed. Make sure the litter box is clean and accessible, and the cat can’t come into where you are sleeping to wake you up. Perhaps your pet would benefit from cat toilet training, to avoid the litter box all together. By putting the litter box in the bathroom, and gradually moving the box higher and onto the toilet, the cat can be trained to see the toilet as his litter box. Of course, this whole process takes a great deal of time and lots of treats to reward positive behavior. The end result, however, is certainly worth the time it takes for training. The cat will never turn down an opportunity to use a clean toilet over a dirty litter box. And you’ll have a better relationship with your cat when there’s no need for anger and punishment.
Perhaps you’re like me and want to train your cat to do tricks. The best way to approach this is through clicker training. This method does not use any punishment, but instead creates a mark through a click and reward system that encourages the cat to continue to repeat the behavior. Every time the specific trick is performed, the cat will hear a click and get a treat. The time it takes to respond to the clicker depends on the cat, as some catch on very quickly and some take a longer time. This method can be used for a trick, or just keeping the cat off the table.
Many cat owners have trained their cats to walk outside on a leash. I am always surprised when I see this, but the cat seems to be having a good time. The most important part of leash training your cat involves finding the best harness for your cat to wear. And starting when your cat is a young age also helps him assimilate to the outdoors and an easiness accompanying you on a walk.
So it’s time to get your leashes and clickers ready, and prove cats can be trained just like dogs!